While Palm Springs is always a hot spot for everything cool, according to Suzanne Sproul of the Los Angeles Daily News, it doesn’t get much hipper than during Modernism Week. For roughly two weeks every February (this year it’s Feb. 11-21) that sense is magnified with the annual 11-day celebration of mid-century fashion, design and culture.

The celebration features a range of 150 events, from history lessons to architectural tours, film screenings to lectures to cocktail parties. One of the staples of Modernism Week is the annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, now in its 16th year. It is set for Feb. 12-15 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and offers the public access to collections from 85 national and international dealers.

New this year to the show and sale will be three book signings, notably with Frank’s widow, Barbara Sinatra’s, special appearance on Feb. 13 to celebrate the recent debut of Andrew Howick’s “Sinatra: The Photographs”. She wrote the foreword to the book and will be signing books from 4 to 5 p.m.

James Schnepf will also be there to sign his book, “Palm Springs Modern Living”, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. And, Daniel Chavkin will be signing his book, “Unseen Midcentury Desert Modern” , from 2-3 p.m. on Feb. 14. Also on Feb. 14, Modernism Gallery and Modernism.com owner and operator Iza Emmett will sign copies of “America Art Deco Furniture” by her late husband Ric Emmett from 1 to 2 p.m.

Those looking for a place to start exploring Modernism Week should consider CAMP – Modernism Week’s Community And Meeting Place, located in the former 1957 J.W. Robinsons Department Store by Pereira & Luckman, at 333 S. Palm Canyon Drive. Here attendees can meet and mingle, shop and dine or just relax. It will have its own programming, but also will act as a central location for the events providing a taste of all the activities. Admission to CAMP is free, but programming is priced from $10. It will be open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily during the festivities.

Those who want to just jump right in can. Many of the events require tickets and some are sold out as soon as they’re publicized. But there are some free events including a Vintage Car Show (noon-3 p.m. Feb. 15) at the Palm Springs Convention Center and a Hot Purple Energy neighborhood architectural bike ride (10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Feb. 20) starting at CAMP.

Highlighted events include an exploration of “Modern Cuba,’’ a dining experience hosted by Shari Belafonte, daughter of the late Harry Belafonte, who will share family recipes and stories; The Christopher Kennedy Compound Show House on the Indian Canyons Golf Resort fairway; and five new neighborhood tours.

To read the article, courtesy of the Los Angeles Daily News, please use the following link: http://www.dailynews.com/arts-and-entertainment/20160205/modernism-week-in-palm-springs-adds-events-for-2016

And, for a complete listing of Modernism Week programs and events, tickets and to see which events are still open, go to: http://www.modernismweek.com/available